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James Hull


Posted By: Tina Keister
Date: 1/18/2006 at 22:56:23

James Hull, jailer of Boone county, was born January 22, 1822 and is a native of Lincoln county, Ohio, his parents moved to Clay county, Indiana, in 1837, and in 1844 to Jefferson county, Iowa, they were the first family that settled in the county, a single man, Charles Gaston, being the only settler, Mr Hull and his family have passed all the hardships incident to pioneer life, having had to go to Bentonsport and other distant places to mill, on one of these milling trips to Bonaparte he was gone eighteen days, and during this time the families within fifteen miles hasd consumed all the corn on hand in making hominy, and there was not enough flour within reach to make even a biscuit, in the mean time Jacob Crooks started for mill and providentially met a man, living near Polk City, who was just reutrning from the mill with meal, Mr Crooks obtained a share of the grist and returned to relieve the settlers of Boone from actual suffering, Mr Hull has devoted his life to farming and followed it as a avocation until 1879, when he was appointed jailer, he was married June 23, 1839, to Miss Catharine Crooks, a native of Knox county, Indiana, she was then a girl not fifteen years of age, and has, with him, passed through all the vicissitudes of early poineer life, we are mcuh indebted to this lady whose memory is most clear, for many interesting incidents connected with the early history of this county, they have four children: Elizabeth (wife of A Beach), George C, Sarah M ( wife of H D Nutt) and Lucrecia (wife of Isaac Nutt), have lost 2: Mary J (died September 10, 1846) and Hannah (died February 16, 1845)

From the 1880 Boone county History Book


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